Cut Off Your Hands Profile

Stephen Heard
Published: 14 Jan 2014
Updated: 8 Apr 2020

Cut Off Your Hands are known for their brand of high-energy post-punk. Relentless touring saw them clock up countless frequent flyer miles and tear up stages alongside a who’s who of indie rock bands worldwide.

The departure of vocalist Djeisan Suskov from Auckland band Nova Echo led the remaining members to form The Shaky Hands.

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Nick Johnston from the Expectations video shoot
Let's Get Out Of Here
L to R: Jonathan Lee, Brent Harris, Nick Johnston, Phil Hadfield
Still Fond
Cut off Your Hands: Hollow 18-7-11 Radio Wammo Show
Oh Girl - Live at Red Bull Studio
November, 2012
Oh Girl live at the VNZMAs 2008
Brent Harris from the Expectations video shoot
L to R: Brent Harris, Phil Hadfield, Nick Johnston, Jonathan Lee
Cut Off Your Hands
Phil Hadfield from the Expectations video shoot
Turn Cold
Cut Off Your Hands at SXSW, Texas 2009. L to R: Jonathan Lee, Nick Johnston, Brent Harris, Phil Hadfield.
Live @ The FADER/AT&T Sideshow 2007
Nick Johnston in the crowd
Nick Johnston
L to R: Brent Harris, Phil Hadfield, Nick Johnston, Michael Ramirez
Recording at the Killing Rooms, Kingsland 2012
L to R: Phil Hadfield, Brent Harris, Nick Johnston, Michael Ramirez
At the 2008 New Zealand Music Awards
Setlist from November 2012
Cut Off Your Hands - clockwise from top: Michael Ramirez, Nick Johnston, Phil Hadfield, Brent Harris
Michael Ramirez from the Expectations video shoot
Cut Off Your Hands interview on NZOWN
2009 Cut Off Your Hands tour schedule
A poster from June 2011

Nick Johnston - vocals

Phillip Hadfield - bass

Michael Ramirez - guitar

Brent Harris - drums

Jonathan Lee - guitar

Elroy Finn - drums


Speak N Spell

Frenchkiss Records





The album artwork for Blue on Blue features braille translations for the band's name and the title.

The band has an ongoing relationship with Joel Kefali from music video production company Special Problems, who has produced all of the band’s music videos and artwork.